Don’t Worry--Keep Talking

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

I know it’s easy to feel shy or nervous about making mistakes when speaking English and I encourage you to overcome it to move forward. Everyone makes errors with English -- and Americans are no different.

When I was a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, we were required to first pass a grammar usage test to be accepted into journalism classes. If we failed we could take it another time (or even another time) until we passed, and I knew many students who had to do this. I was pleased to have passed the test on my first attempt but knowing that others (American university students) failed again and again surprised me and made me realize that English grammar is a challenge for many.

Keep talking, learn from your mistakes, and keep talking. You can do it!

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